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3 best schools in Austria with prep courses to enter Austrian universities and abroad

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Higher education in Austria has always been prestigious and popular among foreign students from all over the world. Students get high-quality educational services, and the cost of studying is different from many university in Switzerland , United States , Great Britain with the same high quality. For international students, it should be remembered that the preparation for universities in Austria is very important. 

There are no restrictions on the number of students in most specialties: this is a feature of the Bologna system adopted here, thanks to which each student has the right to higher education. But with this availability, the annual number of graduates of Austrian universities is relatively small. This is due to the complexity and depth of studying, as well as a large number of independent work and strict requirements for attendance. Higher education in Austria will require students to maximize concentration and concentration, the ability to concentrate and learn hard and carefully, to work independently. The price of higher education in Austria is very low (it is either free or its cost does not rise above 1500-2000 euros per academic year), but only the most persistent and ambitious students are eligible for a prestigious and valuable diploma.

Most often, Austrian universities do not issue strict admission requirements and do not even organize entrance exams. Additional tests are expected only for students who claim the place of the most prestigious and popular specialties: medicine, architecture, journalism, psychology. In addition, you will not even need a certificate of knowledge of the German language: most universities provide a great opportunity to attend language courses after the beginning of studying. Of course, a good language level in any case will be an excellent help, but it is not strictly required, as, for example, in universities of the United States and Great Britain.

In order to enter undergraduate programme, only a certificate of secondary education will be required. If you are applying for a place in the Master's programme, Austrian universities will be more partial to the package of documents: you will need to prepare a Bachelor's degree and a resume or work experience in the specialty, letters of recommendation and feedback from employers.

Preparation programs for applicants from Austrian universities usually take no more than a year: they are designed for academic and linguistic development, as well as for adaptation to the national education system. Foreign students also can get an opportunity to enter a two-year course IB (International Baccalaureate) - this certificate gives a significant advantage on admission, allowing you to study deeply and profile the most priority and important subjects of the chosen specialty.

In general, there are several tips for foreign students planning to enter universities in Austria:

1) Have good command of German language - yes, it is not necessary, but will give you a strong competitive advantage and facilitate studying in the future. Of course, it is best to study the language in an atmosphere of language immersion - in Germany and Austria there is a huge amount language courses , schools and camps for international students.

2) Clarify the deadline for submitting an application, package of documents.

3) Specify if there are entrance examinations or tests in your specialty. If they are present, SMAPSE experts will pick up an effective preparation course, which will easily help you pass even complex testing. For example, if you are on the direction of medicine or journalism, we will offer you quality courses designed for six months or a year.

Remember that after graduating, students can expect to receive permanent residence and work permit in the country according to their specialty, so it is worthwhile to approach seriously the issue of preparation to the universities of Austria and to study directly. 

Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts as they are always ready to answer all your questions. 

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Admission requirements to prestigious universities in Austria

There are no restrictions on the number of students in most specialties: this is a feature of the Bologna system that is adopted here. Due to it, each student has the right to get higher education. The vast majority of Austrian higher education institutions offer a wide range of educational programs for preparing for entering Austrian universities. In addition, there are options for studying after 10th and 11th grade for foreign applicants. But with this opportunity, the annual number of graduates of Austrian universities is relatively small. This is because of the complexity and depth of studying, as well as a large number of independent work and strict attendance requirements.

Higher education in Austria will require maximum concentration from students, the ability to concentrate and learn hard, work independently. The cost of higher education in Austria is quite low (it is either free, or its cost does not rise above 1,500 - 2,000 EUR per academic year), however, only the most persistent and ambitious students receive the right to receive a prestigious and valuable diploma.

Most often, universities in Austria don't set strict entry requirements and don't even organize entrance exams. Only for students, applying for the most prestigious and popular specialties, there are additional tests:

  • medicine
  • architecture
  • journalism
  • psychology

In addition, you don't even need a certificate of German proficiency: most universities provide an opportunity to attend German language courses after starting the course. Of course, a good command of the language in any case will be an excellent help, but it is not a strictly necessary condition, as, for example, at universities in the USA and Great Britain.

In order to enter the undergraduate program, you will only need a certificate of secondary education: if you received it abroad, you will need to transfer it and provide a translation certified by a notary to the admission committee. If you apply for a Master's program, Austrian universities will be more strict to the package of documents: you will need to prepare a Bachelor's degree and resume or work experience in the specialty, letters of recommendation and feedback from employers.

Admission to Austrian universities: tips and tricks

In general, SMAPSE specialists can give the following advice to applicants planning to enter universities in Austria:

  1. To be confident in your German proficiency - yes, this is not necessary, but it will give you a significant competitive advantage and facilitate future studies. Of course, it is best to study a language through language immersion - in Germany and Austria there are a huge number of language courses, schools and camps, and we are ready to choose the best option for you.
  2. To clarify the deadlines for submitting an application, as well as a full package of documents required for admission to universities in Austria - we can do this for you upon prior request
  3. Clarify if there are entrance exams or tests in your specialty. If they are present, SMAPSE managers will select for you an effective educational preparation course for universities in Austria, which will help you easily pass even difficult tests. For example, if you enter medicine or journalism directions, we will offer you high-quality courses from six months to a year.

Remember that after graduating, students can count on obtaining permanent residence and permission to work in the country in the specialty they have received. So, you take seriously the issue of preparing for universities in Austria, as well as studying after 10th, 11th grade. With help of SMAPSE you will discover the broadest career opportunities and you can become a truly sought-after and successful specialist.

Specialists of the educational portal SMAPSE are ready to offer you a wide range of options for preparing for universities abroad, universities in Austria, as well as studying after grades 10 and 11 grades.

On the current page, you can find a list of higher education institutions in Austria that offer courses for foreign applicants, as well as a description of all available educational programs with estimated tuition fees.

SMAPSE experts have many years of experience in the educational field and are ready to help at any time convenient for you. Leave a request for a free consultation in a special form on this page - we will contact you.

Top 3 best schools in Austria 2021

1    Amadeus International School Vienna
2 American International School Salzburg AISS
3 St Gilgen International School

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

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Cost of living in Austria

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 287 380
Food 241 436
Transportation 40 151
Communications and utilities 73 108
Clothing 28 104
Sports and leisure 25 98
Total 693 1,278

 

Higher education-statistics

Name Bakkalaureus
Deadline September 1, February 1
The probability of admission 87%
Duration 3-4 years
Average cost from 1500 euros per year (in German), from 12000 euros in English
Expulsion statistics 59%
Language of tuition German
Minimum level of German TestDaF 4
Minimum level of English IELTS 6.5
Job opportunity 82%
Percentage of students enrolled in the master's program 45%

Statistics of English courses in Austria

Programs Intensity Group Language requirements Cost of the week
Standard course 20 8-12 Beginner €270/week +
Intensive course 25 5-12 Beginner €380/week +
Super-intensive course 30 5-12 Beginner €670/week +
Preparation course (ÖSD) 20 5-12 Elementary €230/week +
Business German course 25 8-12 Pre-intermediate €500/week +
Summer school 20 10-15 Beginner €600/week +
German and Music 20 8-12 Beginner €1,400/week +
One-to-One Training 5-10 1 Beginner €440/week +

Accommodation in Austria

Shared room outside of centre 290
Shared room in city centre 384
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 438
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 570

 

Estimated Costs

Estimated Costs Min. Average
Consular fee of the embassy €35 €70
Flight (Moscow - Vienna - Moscow) €148 €300
Medical insurance €8/week €16/week
Study material €19 €30
Delivery of invitations by express mail €60 €77
Transfer/Escort €26 €50
Additional payment for accommodation per week, during the high season €130 €210
Additional payment for tuition per week, during the high season €114 150
Student Visa Services €15 €52
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Denis Bulychev
Hello, to study in English after grade 11 in Austria (bachelor's degree) do you need some preparatory courses in school subjects (something like a study of colleagues in Germany)?
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SMAPSE Education
Good afternoon, Denis. No preparatory courses are required for admission to an undergraduate program in Austria in English. Admission based on the certificate and IELTS results. In Austria, there are few specializations that are read in English, this point needs to be clarified upon admission with the managers of Smapse Education.
Saltanat
Hello, my daughter is finishing 11th grade, she wants to go to a university in Austria for design, which would you advise. I ask you to advise and help in preparing a package of documents for admission.
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SMAPSE
Good afternoon, Saltanat. We have sent you a letter by mail. We will be happy to advise and help with admission. Your daughter can go to universities: Vienna University of Applied Arts and University of the Arts Linz. All the details of the programs in the mail. We are waiting for your feedback, we will be happy to call you and discuss everything in detail.
Olga
Hello! Are there boarding schools in German in Austria? Daughter finishes 10th grade. We would like to consider the option of obtaining a certificate in the Austrian school.
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Smapse
Olga, thank you for your request. We can offer German-language boarding schools in Germany. If you are interested in this option, our specialist will send you information by email. Best regards, SMAPS
Avazbek
Hi, I graduated from college in 2016, and I have IELTS B2, can I go to university or college? Thank you in advance
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Manager Smaps
If you have finished school in Russia, you must first go through the Foundation Foundation program.
Anwar
Hello! My daughter will finish the 11th grade of school in June 2019 and wants to enter the University of Vienna with a degree in Economics and Law. I ask you to advise and assist in the preparation of a package of documents for admission.
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Smapse
Anwar, thanks for your inquiry. Our specialist will contact you to discuss the details. Best regards, SMAPS
Irina
Daughter at 11. 2 year teaches German. He really wants to study in Austria. But we learned about the price of a student visa, and how did we understand that it should be paid immediately or should this amount be on the student's account? or have we misunderstood something? we also learned that there are also philanthropists from Austria who can help a foreigner child to go to university. I alone bring up my daughter and naturally there is no such amount, but I don’t want to ruin my daughter’s plans to study abroad at the moment. Red certificate. 4 languages ​​and Russian. If you can help, we will be very happy for your help, even with advice.
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Consultant Smaps
Hello Irina, Your question is not completely clear. Do you mean the cost of the consular fee of the Austrian embassy or the cost of training? Consular fees are paid immediately and are non-refundable. If we are talking about tuition fees for obtaining a student visa to Austria, then it all depends on what kind of fees the school will ask for from the client (language school, university ...). This may be partial or full payment, depending on the situation. There is a student deposit. Those. The amount on the account that a student must show to obtain a visa. Accordingly, this money should be on the student’s account as confirmation of its financial guarantees. We are not engaged in philanthropy in Austria.
Svetlana
Good day. What educational institutions in Austria can you recommend for learning motion design? My son, 17 years old, is studying in Austria (he graduates from a gymnasium in Minsk, Belarus, in June), he has a certificate from the B2 Goethe Institute.
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Smapse LTD
Good afternoon, Svetlana! Unfortunately, with this specialty, we can not offer universities in Austria. Are you interested only in the specified specialty and country or are you ready to consider alternative options? Best regards, SMAPS
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